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Decoding the platypus genome

Find out what scientists have discovered from decoding the platypus genome. Learn how these discoveries provide some surprising insights into this unusual animal's underwater feeding, number of sex chromosomes, protection of its young and evolution of the male platypus's venomous spur.

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'The man from Kangaroo', 1920

This is a still from the 1920 Australia silent movie 'The man from Kangaroo'. It shows the character John Harland, played by Reginald 'Snowy' Baker, teaching two boys how to box.

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Golfers at the Canberra Golf Club, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of four men at the Canberra Golf Club, each holding a golf club. Behind them are parked cars and a woman sitting on a bench. The Hotel Canberra is in the background.

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Day's end for workers at Parliament House, 1925

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a crowd of workers walking from the Parliament House depot on an unpaved road as they leave work for the day. Some are wearing suits, others overalls, and almost all have hats.

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Levelling land at Parliament House, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of men and teams of draught horses levelling land in front of the provisional Parliament House (now known as Old Parliament House) in preparation for the development of lawns and garden beds for the House of Representatives garden.

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Landscaping at Parliament House, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of men and draught horses levelling land and laying pipes in preparation for the development of lawns and garden beds at the provisional Parliament House (now known as Old Parliament House) in Canberra.

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Canberra’s main sewerage tunnel, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph of men constructing Canberra's main outfall sewerage tunnel at Weston Creek in the Australian Capital Territory. Three workmen and their tools are in a tunnel that is shored up with timber beams. A well-dressed man, who may be an official, is also present in the damp tunnel.

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Man making a snowman in Canberra, 1929

This is a black-and-white photograph of a man with a handful of snow kneeling beside a snowman, complete with a brimmed hat made of snow. The photograph was taken on the Billabong Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue after a record fall of snow in 1929. Snow to a depth of 1-2 cm can be seen on the road.

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Three boys paddling a home-made canoe, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph of three boys paddling a small home-made canoe on the Molonglo River in Canberra. Using palings as paddles, they are in a wide section of the river, facing the camera. In the background, a junction in the river can be seen with logs across one of the streams.

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Views of the male Richmond birdwing butterfly

This is a colour photograph of a dorsal (top) and a ventral view of a male Richmond birdwing butterfly ('Ornithoptera richmondius'). A scale is included. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Badge proclaiming pride in sexual orientation, c1980

This is a black metal badge with 'out proud and fighting' printed on it in stylised black-and-yellow print. There are yellow joined female symbols at centre left and yellow joined male symbols at centre right. At the bottom is a small yellow square containing the black letters 'IS'. The badge was in use at some time between ...